Brown v. Waste Connections of North Carolina, Inc.
CONSENT PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 2/12/18. (mga)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
BOBBY J. BROWN,
Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-173-RJC-DCK
WASTE CONNECTIONS OF NORTH
CONSENT PROTECTIVE ORDER
It is hereby ORDERED by the Court that the following restrictions and procedures
shall apply to certain information, documents, and excerpts from documents supplied by the
parties to each other in response to discovery requests:
Counsel for any party may designate any document or information contained
in a document as confidential if counsel determines, in good faith, that such designation is
necessary to protect the interests of the client. Information and documents designated by a
party as confidential will be labeled “CONFIDENTIAL”. “Confidential” information or
documents may be referred to collectively as “confidential information.” In the case of
deposition testimony, confidentiality designations may be made during the deposition and
in any event shall be made within thirty (30) days after the transcript has been received by
counsel making the designation and shall specify the testimony being designated
confidential by page and line number(s).
Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, or otherwise provided for herein, the
confidential information disclosed will be held and used by the person receiving such
information solely for use in connection with the above-captioned action.
In the event a party challenges another party’s confidential designation,
counsel shall make a good faith effort to resolve the dispute, and in the absence of a
resolution, the challenging party may thereafter seek resolution by the Court. Nothing in
this Protective Order constitutes an admission by any party that confidential information
disclosed in this case is relevant or admissible. Each party specifically reserves the right to
object to the use or admissibility of all confidential information disclosed, in accordance
with applicable law.
Information or documents designated as “Confidential” shall not be disclosed
to any person, except:
a. The requesting party and counsel;
b. Employees of such counsel assigned to and necessary to assist in the
c. Consultants or experts to the extent deemed necessary by counsel;
d. Any person from whom testimony is taken or is to be taken, except that such
a person may only be shown confidential information during and in
preparation for his/her testimony and may not retain the confidential
e. The Court or the jury at trial or as exhibits to motions.
Prior to disclosing or displaying the confidential information to any person,
a. Inform the person of the confidential nature of the information or documents;
b. Inform the person that this Court has enjoined the use of the information or
documents by him/her for any purpose other than this litigation and has
enjoined the disclosure of that information or documents to any other person.
The confidential information may be displayed to and discussed with the
persons identified in Paragraph 4(c) and (d) only on the condition that prior to any such
display or discussion, each such person shall be asked to sign an agreement to be bound by
this Order in the form attached as Exhibit A. In the event such person refuses to sign an
agreement in the form attached as Exhibit A, the party desiring to disclose the confidential
information may seek appropriate relief from this Court.
For the purpose of Paragraphs 4(d) and (e), it is understood by the parties that
any documents which become part of an official judicial proceeding or which are filed with
the Court are public documents, and that such documents can and will be sealed by the Court
only upon motion and in accordance with applicable law. This Protective Order does not
provide for the automatic sealing of such documents.
The entry of this Consent Protective Order does not alter, waive, modify, or
abridge any right, privilege, or protection otherwise available to any party or third party with
respect to discovery matters, including, but not limited to, any party’s or third party’s right
to assert the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, or other privileges with respect
to Discovery Materials or any party’s or third party’s right to contest such assertion. Any
inadvertent disclosure of Discovery Materials protected by the attorney-client privilege or
the work product doctrine will not be deemed a waiver of such privilege. Upon request from
the producing party, a non-producing party shall return all copies of any inadvertently
disclosed privileged materials.
The return of any inadvertently disclosed privileged
materials shall not prejudice the rights of any party or third party to contest an assertion of
the attorney-client privilege, work product doctrine, or other privileges with the Court.
At the conclusion of litigation, the confidential information and any copies
thereof shall be promptly (and in no event later than thirty (30) days after entry of a final
judgment no longer subject to further appeal) returned to the producing party or certified as
destroyed. The ultimate disposition of protected materials shall be subject to a final order
of the Court upon completion of the litigation.
The foregoing is entirely without prejudice to the right of any party to apply
to the Court for any further Protective Order relating to confidential information; or to object
to the production of documents or information; or to apply to the Court for an order
compelling production of documents or information; or for modification of this Order.
Signed: February 12, 2018
CONSENTED AND RESPECTFULLY
SUBMITTED ON FEBRUARY 12, 2018 BY:
/s/ Kirk J. Angel
Kirk J. Angel, Esq.
The Angel Law Firm, PLLC
109 Church Street North
Concord, NC 28025
/s/ Jerry H. Walters, Jr.
Jerry H. Walters, Jr. Bar No. 23319
LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C.
Bank of America Corporate Center
100 North Tryon Street, Suite 4150
Charlotte, NC 28202
Attorney for Plaintiff
Attorney for Defendant Waste Connections of
North Carolina, Inc.
I have been informed by counsel that certain documents or information to be
disclosed to me in connection with the matter entitled Bobby J. Brown v. Waste Connections
of North Carolina, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-00173-RJC-DCK, have been designated
as confidential. I have been informed that any such documents or information labeled as
“CONFIDENTIAL” are confidential by Order of the Court.
Under penalty of contempt of Court, I hereby agree that I will not disclose any
information contained in such documents to any other person, and I further agree not to use
any such information for any purpose other than this litigation.
Signed in the presence of:
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